Rob Gronkowski announces his retirement – ProFootballTalk

Rob Gronkowski announces his retirement – ProFootballTalk

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Rob Gronkowski retired before the 2019 season but returned in 2020 to follow Tom Brady to the Buccaneers. Maybe the tight end is coming back again, considering he’s only 33, but Gronkowski announced on Tuesday that he was retiring.

He wrote a long post on Instagram, saying goodbye.

“In college I was asked to write about a dream job opportunity I wanted to pursue and the location,” Gronkowski wrote. “Whenever I had to write about my future, no matter what, I chose to be a professional football player. For this mission however, we had to choose the location. So I wrote that I wanted to play in Tampa for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for many reasons, the sunny weather being the first. I completely forgot to write this report until two years ago when I got the “opportunity to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And let me tell you, the trip to Tampa over the past two years has blown away what I originally wrote in college, in large part. And for that, I want to thank the entire first-class Buccaneers organization for an incredible run, trusting me to come back to play and help build a championship team.

“I will now return to my nursing home, walk away from football with my head held high knowing that I gave it everything I had, good or bad, every time I stepped out on the pitch. The friendships and relationships I have made will last forever, and I appreciate each of my teammates and coaches for giving their all as well. From retirement, back to football and winning another championship and now back to relaxing, thank you all. Buccaneers fans, the Krewe, without you guys none of this is possible, you all brought it to every game, thank you for all you do. Long live the sequel, maybe sail the seas. Arghhhhh!!”

Gronkowski had a fun offseason that will carry over into the season unless his good friend, Brady, can get him back. The Bucs have expressed optimism throughout the offseason that Gronkowski will return, but they drafted Cade Otton from Washington and Ko Kieft from Minnesota to accompany Cam Brate.

Gronkowski earned base salaries of $9.25 million and $8 million with the team over the past two seasons. He also hit $1 million in incentives last year. It’s unclear if the parties even talked about money before Gronkowski made his decision.

Gronkowski caught 55 passes for 802 yards with six touchdowns in 2021, playing in 12 games. In his career, he has 621 receptions for 9,286 yards and 92 touchdowns.

If so, Gronkowski will surely enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the first round after the mandatory five-year waiting period.

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